Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Roseanne Barr illegally grades mac nut farm, Hawaii lawmakers seek free lunch, state eyes school property, school lunch price tag rises, land chief fight continues, Kauai beach project advances, artist sees Virgin Mary in monkeypod tree, more

Hawaiian protest photo (c) 2011 All Hawaii News

Hawaii could grant native Hawaiians self-government rights after federal proposals to do so failed. Associated Press.

Some Hawaii state legislators are trying to rewrite the law when it comes to getting gifts from ordinary citizens, businesses and even lobbyists.KITV4.

A bill intended to strengthen and clarify the state’s lobbyist regulation law has been quietly changed to allow legislators and state officials “to accept significant and costly gifts” from lobbyists. Hawaii Reporter.

The state House Finance Committee voted early today to tax pension income but set the threshold significantly higher than Gov. Neil Abercrombie preferred. Star-Advertiser.

With many Oahu residents already struggling to make ends meet, a property tax increase would only add to an already precarious financial situation. KHON2.

City Council members are taking aim at bills moving through the Legislature that would redevelop unused land on public school campuses to generate revenue for school facilities. Star-Advertiser.

The spat over land chief William Aila Jr.'s qualifications has moved from the Senate floor into Senate inboxes. Civil Beat.

The price of school lunches at Hawaii’s public schools will increase Tuesday from $2.20 to $2.35. KITV4.

Producing more electricity from lava-heated steam is the best way to meet Hawaii Island's future energy needs, according to one civil engineering professor. Tribune-Herald.

More than 150 dogs seized from puppy farm. Hawaii News Now.

State government general fund spending would start rising again under Gov. Neil Abercrombie's budget proposals following two years of decline under Gov. Linda Lingle. Associated Press.

Kona resident Bob Russell thinks Hawaii is in "a state of fiscal emergency" and "our so-called wise leader is continuing our spending addiction." West Hawaii Today.

Fisherman Stan Wright said he is afraid a continuing loss of water at Lake Wilson could cause a massive die-off of fish at one of the best angling places he knows in the United States. Star-Advertiser.

Sea Engineering Inc. has been selected to study Kauai’s Poipu Beach, where erosion is prompting safety and natural resource concerns. Pacific Business News

A public-private partnership between the county, state and local organizations has resulted in the Po‘ipu Beach restoration study becoming a reality. Garden Island.

A City Council Public Works and Sustainability Committee meeting took a bizarre turn Monday afternoon when former City Council candidate Matthew LoPresti had trouble explaining whether he was a lobbyist. Civil Beat.

Volunteers and researchers on Maui tallied 1,607 sightings of humpback whales Saturday, a 33 percent increase from last year, the Pacific Whale Foundation reported.Maui News.

A United Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Kona International Airport on the Big Island landed without incident even though mechanical problems forced a pilot to shut off one of the plane's engines shortly before arriving. Associated Press.

Alexander & Baldwin Inc. says Chris Benjamin, its chief financial officer and the general manager of A&B's sugar plantation on Maui, is being promoted to president of A&B Land Group, which oversees A&B Properties and the company's agricultural businesses. Associated Press.

Hawaii County has informed comedian Roseanne Barr's land trust that grading done on her Honokaa macadamia nut farm was illegal. Tribune-Herald.

Cast and crew of the hit show Hawaii Five-0 have just a month-and-a-half left of shooting for this season. They'll wrap in mid-April. Hawaii News Now.

The Eddie won't go. The three-month holding period for the Quicksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau surf tournament on Oahu's North Shore ended Monday. KITV4.

There was a divine sighting on the Big Island in a monkey pod tree. KHON2.